AC Repair or AC Replacement? That is the Question!
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Best of all, working with us saves you money. That’s because we’ll always give an honest assessment of your air conditioner. We’ll look to make a repair before we urge you to buy a replacement.
Our promises to you:
- We will always give you a 100% honest assessment of the status of your air conditioning system.
- We will look for ways to save you money.
- We will only recommend the best products in our industry.
- We will explain every decision to your satisfaction.
- As a Bryant authorized dealer we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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How To Evaluate Your AC to Decide if You Should Repair or Replace It
Here are the key factors to consider when trying to decide if you should repair your air conditioning or replace it.
- The age of your AC (if 15 years old or older it’s time to consider replacement)
- Whether the system is leaking refrigerant (depending on the type of refrigerant it could make sense to replace especially if your system uses R-22)
- The state of the compressor (compressors are very expensive – about half the cost of the AC is the compressor so it would make more sense to replace the entire unit vs. just the compressor)
- Frequency of repairs (if your AC is being repaired every season or even every other season it might be time to consider replacing)
- How energy-efficient your AC is (if your utility bills are through the roof in the summer months, a replacement might make sense)
- Availability of credits and rebates.
The AC Assessment Formula
This is a general formula you can use that may help you decide if you should repair your air conditioning system or replace it.
The formula looks like this:
AC Age X Repair Cost = ?
If that number is equal to or greater to the cost of a new AC unit, then you should consider replacement. If the that number is less than the cost of a new AC unit, then a repair makes sense in most cases.
Let’s run an example.
Your air conditioner is 10 years old. The cost of the repair is going to be $300. Age x cost of the repair would be $3,000 (10 x $300). Your contractor tells you it will cost $4,000 to replace the unit with a new one. It will probably make sense to go with the repair in this case.
The Big Three Factors (that usually indicate time to replace)
There are a few instances where you will want to ignore any formula and just replace your AC regardless (in most cases anyway). They are:
- The indoor coil is leaking
- The compressor has failed
- Your AC uses R-22 refrigerant
Leaking coils tend to ruin other parts of the AC quickly, and while we can temporarily fix the leak they tend to come back. The compressor is usually the first casualty when leaks occur. The compressor alone can cost up to $2000, so unless your AC is less than two years old it will never make sense to repair a failed compressor.
Then there’s the refrigerant issue. Older AC units use R-22, which is not as environmentally friendly and which is severely expensive since its supplies are dwindling as this refrigerant is being phased out. When we see an R-22 unit we’ll immediately recommend upgrading you to an R-410a unit instead. And believe us, this will save you money over the long-term. It can cost as much as $900 or more to replenish your AC’s R-22 supply versus a few hundred to replenish a R-410a supply!
Energy bills sky-high?
A high energy bill during the summer months usually means your air conditioner unit isn’t very energy-efficient. If that’s the case, investing in a newer, Energy Star AC is better both for you and for the environment. You may also qualify for utility rebates by upgrading to a higher efficiency unit.
The issue may also be the AC unit wasn’t installed very well in the first place, or was the wrong size for your home in the first place. This will affect the efficiency of your AC system.
Call us at (763) 424-3588 for a free estimate today!
We’ll come out and assess your AC system and help you determine which option is best for you – AC repair or AC replacement.